Thursday 24 May 2018

Russian presidential candidate knocked to ground by attacker

Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak rose to fame hosting a reality TV show in Russia. Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak rose to fame hosting a reality TV show in Russia. Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP.

Rachel Alexander in Moscow

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak's campaign office said she was doused with water and knocked to the ground in an assault yesterday.

The incident came several days after Ms Sobchak threw water on nationalist presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky during a televised debate.

According to a statement on Ms Sobchak's campaign website, the man who threw water on her at the entrance of a Moscow hotel said: "This is for Zhirinovsky."

The statement said the man was detained by police and identified him as a staff member of the Moscow city council.

Ms Sobchak, who rose to fame hosting a TV reality show, casts herself as the candidate for Russians fed up with current politics but has largely avoided personal criticism of President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Zhirinovsky (71), the leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party, has won notoriety for his xenophobic statements.

Eight candidates are registered for Russia's March 18 presidential election, including Mr Putin. With his approval ratings topping 80pc and rivals trailing far behind, Mr Putin is set to easily win a fourth term. Mr Putin's most vocal critic, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, has been barred from the race due to a criminal conviction he says is politically motivated.

Irish Independent

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